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Get your brain in gear: 4 Brain Training tips you can try in the shower

During my Brain Training Weekly Challenge I started to get my brain in shape. Now I’m so incandescently bright (and smug about it) I’m going to show you exactly how I got there. Okay, it’s obviously not that simple, but with life expectancy soaring and pension funds crashing, one thing is for sure: we can...

How I conquered procrastination in just 1 week

Last week was Productivity Week for me. Not every Weekly Challenge delivers tangible and immediate benefits, but focusing on getting stuff done for just 1 week enabled me to find the techniques I needed to overcome procrastination once and for all. A problem with finishing First, let’s procrastinate for a minute with a (relevant) little...

Rise of the photo zombies

Following a week experimenting with Mental Photography, I’m here to deliver the inconvenient truth: we spend too much time with chunks of plastic and glass in front of our faces. Forget the imminent threats of environmental catastrophe and economic meltdown, it’s the camera we should be worried about. For while our backs have been turned,...

Weekly Challenge #23: mental photography

Mental Photography is the second of the two new challenges I’m undertaking this week. As with the brain training Memory Challenge, it has to do with improving brain function through precise, active use of the old grey cells. I’ll definitely be more brainy by the end of the week…if that’s even possible What is Mental...

Weekly Challenge #22: brain training

Memory is the subject of the first of my two brain training challenges during this Mental Week. Between now and Sunday, I am aiming to considerably improved the health of my mind with some simple brain training. I’m also attempting some Mental Photography, but that’s another story. After all, there’s no point in trying something...

Mental week: improve the mind with two brain training challenges

Following 7 days acclimatising-for-and-walking the Inca Trail in Peru last week, I collapsed in an exhausted heap and completely forgot to set a new Weekly Challenge. Come to mention it, I’ve also forgotten the last few hostels I stayed in during my recent month in Colombia…heck, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast...

Raw food diet: confronting a complicated relationship with food

Ah, the raw food diet: holy grail for dieters, vegans and Guardian readers everywhere. I spent a week on a raw food diet whilst traveling in Costa Rica and survived to tell the tale, but not without stark realisations about my own relationship with food… Food confession #1: fear of hunger I have a confession...
Learning a language is brain food

Learning a language is brain food

As I counted down the months, weeks and days to My Year In Flux, I found myself feverishly casting around for displacement activity to which I could apply myself. Of the several new hobbies which have kept the madness at bay, the most rewarding by far was learning a new language from scratch. Then I...